Renewable energy, combined with energy efficiency, is central to powering cities of the future and solar energy is a key part of that energy mix. Cities already account for nearly two-thirds of global energy use and an even larger share of energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions, figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) show. With the urban population expected to swell to two-thirds of the world’s total by 2030 that demand is increasing further. City leaders face a choice as to whether to meet that demand with traditional fossil fuels or look to cleaner, more sustainable options. Renewable energy, combined with energy efficiency, is central to powering cities of the future and solar energy is a key part of that energy mix. Cities around the world are already demonstrating the possibilities, as well as some of the challenges still to be overcome. Leonie Greene UK Solar Trade Association, points out that local authorities often have more power than they may be aware – for example, around their rights to stipulate higher new build standards than those set nationally, to incorporate solar. The association is running a campaign to help inform local governments in the UK about what they can do to boost solar.
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